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Earlier this year, Major League Lacrosse midfielder Paul Rabil was traded from the Boston Cannons to the New York Lizards. No matter which team’s jersey he has donned throughout his storied career, Rabil has continued to train relentlessly — including dodging trees/defenders in the woods.

“I was always dodging trash cans down my street. I was running and jumping through the trees, pretending they were defenders. But ultimately, that drive — that lack of resources — gives lacrosse players an edge.”

— Paul Rabil, on training without formal facilities


All of the intense training has paid dividends on the field. Rabil began racking up awards and titles in high school as a star for the DeMatha Stags.

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• 2002-04 3x Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Champion
• 2003 Washington Post Player of the Year
• 2003-04 2x High School All America

Rabil followed his prep career with an equally illustrious four years with the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays.

• 2005 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Winner
• 2006-08 3x USILA First Team All-American
• 2007 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Winner

As a professional playing in Major League Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League, Rabil has continued to vex opponents and lead his teams to success.

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• 2008-14 7x MLL All-Star
• 2009-14 6x MLL 1st Team All Pro
• 2009, 2011 2x MLL Most Valuable Player
• 2009, 2011, 2012 MLL Offensive Player of the Year

• 2010 NLL Champion’s Cup Champion
• 2011-12 2x NLL All-Star

This season, Rabil has helped the Lizards get off to a perfect 6-0 start. Aided by his twenty-six points, New York currently enjoys a 2.5 game lead over the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Denver Outlaws.

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